Yet another new year is upon us, and while the articles and blog posts I write each week have encouraged many people to develop a more natural mindset, most of us can still make improvements to our health. While the following five tips will be a review for many people, I still believe that most people can benefit from reading this information, even if it is just reinforcing information they already know. After all, while knowing the information I’m about to discuss is important, it’s another thing to actually implement the following tips.
Tip #1: It all starts with diet. Everyone knows the importance of proper eating, but there are still many people who don’t truly understand what a good diet consists of. It really all comes down to common sense, as you of course want to eat mostly whole foods (fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, fish and poultry, etc.), and at the same time minimize the refined foods and sugars. This doesn’t mean you need to eat a perfect diet for the rest of your life, but if you constantly eat refined foods and sugars, fast food, and other junk food, then you’re just asking for problems to develop. As I’ve stated in other articles and posts, I think that just about everyone can benefit from a purification program, as this can be a wonderful way to get into the habit of eating well, and at the same time remove some of the toxins from your body which have been accumulating over the years. Although I don’t recommend this to all of my patients initially, eventually just about everyone can benefit from detoxifying.
Tip #2: Don’t let stress get the best of you. Everyone has to deal with stress, and as I’ve stated numerous times, the key is how you handle this stress. After all, you and I both know that it is impossible to completely eliminate the stress from our lives. And chronic stress definitely can have a huge impact on our overall health. As a result, you need to do a good job of managing your stress. Some people can do this without any special techniques, while others need to incorporate methods such as yoga, deep breathing, and/or meditation. Biofeedback is another technique which can greatly help with stress management. To learn more about biofeedback you can visit www.heartmath.com.
Tip #3: Exercise regularly…but not too hard. The common trend in the beginning of the new year is for the fitness clubs to become packed for the first couple of months, and then as the year moves on the number of people exercising continues to dwindle. Exercise is important, and you want to make sure you exercise on a regular basis. But you also don’t want to overdo it, as exercising too hard will put stress on the body, and can weaken the immune system. This obviously isn’t a good thing for someone with an autoimmune thyroid disorder, but even for those without such a condition it still isn’t wise to exercise too hard. So whether you are beginning a new exercise program, or have been exercising for years, although you want to get a good workout in at least three to five days each week, you don’t want to overexert yourself.
Tip #4: Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. I know that some people seem to do fine with only five to six hours of sleep each night, but most people really need at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night, and ideally more than this. Eight to ten hours is what most people should be getting, although I’d be lying if I told you that I routinely get ten hours each night. I personally try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night, although there are times when I get less than this. In any case, if you consistently get less than seven hours each night because you spend a lot of time watching television or surfing the internet, then it really will benefit your health if you begin going to sleep earlier.
Tip #5: Start making your home environmentally friendly. Many of the environmental toxins we’re exposed to are due to factors within own home. The water you drink and bathe in, the food you eat, the cleaning supplies you use, the cosmetics you apply to your body, the EMFs you’re constantly exposed to, and many other factors can negatively impact your health. I can’t possibly list everything you should do here, but there are a lot of simple changes you can make on your own which can make a big difference.
First of all, try to purchase natural and organic foods, and try not to buy foods with artificial ingredients in them. Don’t drink tap water, and purchase a chlorine filter for your shower. Try to purchase natural cleaners and cosmetics, and for information on minimizing your exposure to EMFs I recommend reading the book “Zapped”, by Anne Louise Gittleman. If you were to just make a few of these changes I just mentioned this would have a huge impact on your health.
So hopefully you have found this first post of the new year to be valuable, and will incorporate some, if not all of these changes in 2012. Either way, I hope you have an awesome 2012, and I’m confident you will try doing everything you can to make this year the healthiest one ever!